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This afternoon the Columbus Blue Jackets announced that Assistant General Manager Chris MacFarland was leaving the Blue Jackets organization in order to take on the same Assistant GM role with the Colorado Avalanche. MacFarland spent 16 years with the Blue Jackets organization and was eventually promoted to the role of Assistant GM in 2008. According to Aaron Portzline at the…...

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Earlier today Andi Duroux profiled this year’s most interesting NHL Draft prospect, Lawson Crouse, and we wanted to expand on the discussion a bit so Andi, Cole Hamilton, and I sat down to discuss the possibility of the Avalanche selecting the burly forward 10th overall. Lawson Crouse is one of the most divisive draft prospects in years. His combination…...

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Get to Know Lawson Crouse Date of Birth:  6/23/1997 Place of Birth:  Mt. Brydges, ON Ht:  6’4″  Wt:  212 lbs Shoots: Left Position:  Left Wing Team:  Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) In the entire 2015 draft class, there isn’t another prospect as divisive as Lawson Crouse.  Some scouting services have him going 4, some 11th, and some even later.  The budding…...

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Get to Know Brock Boeser Date of Birth: 2/25/1997 Place of Birth: Burnsville, MN, USA Ht: 6’1″ Wt: 192 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Right Wing Team: Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL) Unlike some of the late risers in this year’s draft, Brock Boeser is a player who has been on the draftnik radar for years. Drafted 4th overall in the…...

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As we approach single digits, we move into players who have established themselves as professional hockey players, save two. One of the two prospects ranking this high is Conner Bleackley, coming in at #12. Bleackley was the first round pick of the Avalanche in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Touted as a strong two-way center who possessed size, speed, and…...

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The Colorado Avalanche have announced they have signed Forward Andreas Martinsen to a one-year entry-level contract. The 24-year old forward has spent the last three seasons playing for Dusseldorfer EG of the DEL (Germany). Martinsen is 6’3″, 220 pounds and he scored 18 goals, 23 assists for 41 points in 50 games played and added 1 goal and 4…...

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Get to Know Evgeny Svechnikov Date of Birth: 10/31/1996 Place of Birth: Neftegorsk, RUS Ht: 6’3″ Wt: 205 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Left Wing Team: Cape Breton Screaming Eagles Evgeny (Yevgeny) Svechnikov is a dynamic Russian forward who made the jump to North American hockey just prior to his 18th birthday last season. Despite the Avalanche’s presumed interest in…...

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Get to Know Jansen Harkins Date of Birth: 5/23/1997 Place of Birth: North Vancouver, BC, CAN Ht: 6’1″ Wt: 181 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Center Team (League): Prince George Cougars (WHL) Simply put, NHL teams love players like Jansen Harkins. He’s a defensively sound center who works hard and plays the pivot, making him a valuable commodity in the…...

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Like his brother, Boston Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton, Freddie Hamilton is also a product of the OHL’s Niagara IceDogs. Since he has already managed 29 NHL games, briefly cracking the lineups of both the Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks, he comes in at #13 on our list. Hamilton came to the Avalanche in a one-for-one trade, him to…...

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Get to Know Ivan Provorov Date of Birth: January 13, 1997 (18) Place of Birth: Yaroslavl, Russia Ht: 6’0”  Wt: 201 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Defense Team: Brandon Wheat Kings Ivan Provorov has been unwavering in his climb to the top of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. The dynamic young blue-liner left Russia to pursue a future in North…...

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This week, we’ve taken a look at #15 Mason Geertsen, #16 Jordan Caron, and #17 Spencer Martin. Today we turn to a familiar face around Avalanche nation. #14 on our list is Andrew Agozzino, a crafty forward whose size belies his attitude. While only coming in at 5’10” and 187 pounds, Agozzino plays with an edge equal to that…...

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Get to Know Kyle Connor Date of Birth: 12/9/1996 Place of Birth: Shelby Township, MI, USA Ht: 6’1″  Wt: 183 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Center Team (League): Youngstown Phantoms (USHL) Kyle Connor is a name many people have heard in the last year as his status as a likely first round draft pick was the consensus as early as…...

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Get to Know Thomas Chabot Date of Birth: 1/30/97 Place of Birth: Sainte-Marie, QC, CAN Ht: 6’ 2” Wt: 180 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Defenseman Team: Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) Thomas Chabot established himself as an offensive defenseman early in his young career. In 2013, the Sea Dogs drafted him in the second round of the QMJHL Entry…...

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Get to Know Mathew Barzal Date of Birth: 05/26/1997 Place of Birth: Vancouver, BC, CN Ht: 6’0″  Wt: 181 lbs Shoots: Right Position: C Team (League): Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) If you read this piece written last October, you’ll see that Barzal’s entire career has been one of impressive production at every level. This season was certainly no different as…...

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Before we get to today’s entrant, be sure to check out the great work done on previous entries, #16 Jordan Caron, #17 Spencer Martin, and #18 Borna Rendulic. Coming in at number 15 on the list is hulking defenseman Mason Geertsen. Geertsen was well-liked by the BSN Avalanche writers as he clocked in at an average rating of 14.8…...

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Get to Know Jakub Zboril Date of Birth: 2/21/97 Place of Birth: Brno, CZE Ht: 6’2” Wt: 185 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Defenseman Team: Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) After an impressive performance on the European stage, Jakub Zboril is making a name for himself on the North American hockey scene. He has quickly established himself as a responsible…...

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Get to Know Zachary Werenski Date of Birth: 07/19/1997 Place of Birth: Grosse Pointe, MI, USA Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 214 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Defenseman Team: University of Michigan (Big 10) Zach Werenski is a name most draftniks have been familiar with for a while as the American defenseman’s time with the United States Development Program saw him blossom…...

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Of the prospects covered so far, power forward Jordan Caron is the only one with a significant number of NHL games under his belt.  He’s also proved to be the most divisive.  The BSN writers ranked him between 13th and 21st overall, with some valuing his potential and experience and others criticizing his lackluster showing with the Avs. Who is Jordan Caron?…...

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Get to Know Timo Meier Date of Birth: October 8, 1996 (18) Place of Birth: Henrisau Switzerland Ht: 6’1” Wt: 209 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Right Wing Team: Halifax Mooseheads The top ranked QMJHL prospect from the 2015 NHL Draft had a breakout season for the Halifax Mooseheads in 2014-2015. Meier plays a power game on the wing and…...

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Get to Know Mitchell Marner Date of Birth: 05/05/1997 Place of Birth:  Markham, ON, CAN Ht: 5’11”  Wt: 160 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Center Team: London Knights (OHL) Mitch Marner is a player who has been on the NHL’s radar for the last several years as a player to watch. As Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel dominated the headlines,…...

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